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Learn about the growing surgical robot market. See examples of surgical robots, including autonomous and computer-assisted technologies.

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Products : Semiconductors & ICs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Device Manufacturing Software

Master Control, Salt Lake City, UT, has released a software platform designed to automate production and improve operational quality....

New Products & Services: August 2019 Medical Design Briefs
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inside Story: Allied Motion
Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Inside Story: Allied Motion
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task

As more medical companies seek robots for increasingly complex tasks such as robotic-assisted surgeries, systems developers tasked with building these robots see an...

Robotics Motion Control: The Complex Relationship Between Movement and Task
Features : Motion Control
Point Precision Is Critical in Medical Motion Control
Point Precision Is Critical in Medical Motion Control

The language used by suppliers of technology solutions aimed at precision engineering applications is vague and, in some instances, confusing. The use of traditional language and words...

Point Precision Is Critical in Medical Motion Control
Features : Medical
Intelligent Motion Controls for Smarter Air Flow
Intelligent Motion Controls for Smarter Air Flow

No longer a trend, automation has become the foundation in technology for manufacturing. This article addresses three areas that require new thinking and innovative approaches for...

Intelligent Motion Controls for Smarter Air Flow
Products : Software
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

SPC Software

Zontec, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has released new statistical process control (SPC) software designed to improve manufacturing quality. The Synergy 1000™ and...

New Products & Services: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
Product of the Month: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Compact Step Motors for Medical Devices

Applied Motion Products, Watsonville, CA, offers compact step motors in NEMA sizes 8, 11, and 14 for medical device and other applications...

Product of the Month: July 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Motion Control
New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Heat Pipes

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Norwood, MA, has expanded its line of high-performance, off-the-shelf, flat and round heat pipes from 33 to 350. The high-performance...

New Products & Services: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
New Products & Services: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Board-to Board Connector

A miniature board-to-board connector from Hirose, Downers Grove, IL, combines a rugged design with transmission speeds of more than 10 Gpbs to...

New Products & Services: February 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Motors and Gear Motors

Allied Motion Technologies, Amherst, NY, has released a line of fractional horsepower PMDC motors and gear motors. These Globe motors are available...

Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Motion Control
Product Focus: Manufacturing Equipment
Product Focus: Manufacturing Equipment

Extrusion Crosshead

Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, has introduced a crosshead with mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment.

Product Focus: Manufacturing Equipment
Application Briefs : Imaging
Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care
Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care

Motion capture (Mocap) is a technique used in the film industry to digitally track a human actor's movements and precisely transfer those motions to an animated figure. But it has other applications as...

Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care
Features : Imaging
Selecting Gearhead Technology for Medical Imaging Equipment
Selecting Gearhead Technology for Medical Imaging Equipment

CT scanners have far greater accuracy than x-ray technology but place more demands on patients. Getting the high precision, three-dimensional images necessary for accurate diagnosis...

Selecting Gearhead Technology for Medical Imaging Equipment
Technology Leaders : Medical
Exoskeletons, Surgical Robotics Drive Advances in Motion System Technologies
Exoskeletons, Surgical Robotics Drive Advances in Motion System Technologies

New technologies are coming along every day that are designed to make an engineer's life easier when attempting to fulfill his or her motion control system needs....

Exoskeletons, Surgical Robotics Drive Advances in Motion System Technologies
Tech Talks : Motion Control
Roller Guide Evolution: How Needle Rollers Are Improving Linear Bearing Performance

The demand for higher performing roller guides is increasing. This 20-minute Tech Talk discusses the evolution of roller guides and then examines how needle rollers and the latest innovative technology are incorporated into a new-generation design that integrates...

From the Editor : Photonics/Optics
From the Editor — And the Winners Are ...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2017. This year, our two winners address two critical needs in medical device...

Features : Medical
Brainwave-Controlled Exoskeleton Restores Functional Grasp
Brainwave-Controlled Exoskeleton Restores Functional Grasp
École Polytechnique Fédéral de LausanneLausanne,
Switzerland
https://actu.epfl.ch

An extremely lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton may one day help the...

Brainwave-Controlled Exoskeleton Restores Functional Grasp
Features : Design
Every Drop Counts: Designing Motors to Optimize Home and Ambulatory Infusion Pumps
Every Drop Counts: Designing Motors to Optimize Home and Ambulatory Infusion Pumps

To reduce total cost of care, healthcare providers are increasingly turning toward home and ambulatory infusion pumps to free the patient from the hospital...

Every Drop Counts: Designing Motors to Optimize Home and Ambulatory Infusion Pumps
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: November 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Power Supply

A 400-W power supply is now available from Integrated Power Designs, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The power supply comes with two to four outputs in a compact 4 × 7 × 1.5 in. package. High power density is achieved through the use of an interleaved boundary conduction...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DC Miniature Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA added a 16-mm-diameter frame size to its DCP range of Athlonix™ brush DC mini motors. The 12-V 16DCP motor is 26 mm long, and features a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit. The motor is available in two variations (precious metal commutation and graphite commutation)...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable cartridges are manufactured under strict tolerance levels and multi-cavity tooling. Every cavity on each mold was...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Muscle-Inspired Actuators Could Automate Robotics

To help pave the way for a new generation of robots that are soft-bodied and safer to perform tasks in close proximity to humans, a team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed an actuator that generates movements similar to those of...

News : Medical
Soft Electronics Can Aid Robotic Movement

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper. This lightweight gripper could be incorporated into...

Products : Motion Control
Airflow Temp and Velocity Scanner

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., Norwood, MA, offers the ATVS- 2020 scanner which measures airflow temperature and velocity of inside electronic devices. The ATVS-2020 scanner accommodates up to 32 sensors for precise, multi-point field mapping of test domains, including housings and PCB surfaces. The ATVS-2020...

Products : Medical
Right Angle Spiroid Gear

maxon precision motors, Fall River, MA, introduces right angle gearheads designed to be configured with maxon’s 22mm and 32mm dc motors. These compact, lightweight, and high torque gearheads were developed to transmit power at 90deg in the smallest possible form factor. The Spiroid® technology incorporated in the...

Products : Medical
ServoSpline™ Positioning Stage

Bell-Everman Inc., Goleta, CA, introduces ServoSpline™, a positioning stage offering a unique drive mechanism that provides backlash-free motion and simplified control. ServoSpline is an extension of a classic rack-and-pinion design that provides simple motion commands and positions the stage in the x- and...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
From the Editor: April 2015

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2014. Thank you to all of our readers who voted and chose two winners for the 2014 Medical Design Briefs’...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Miniature Slide Guides

NB Corporation of America, Hanover Park, IL, announces the widest selection of miniature linear slide guides. All-stainless models are ideal for high temperature applications. Choose from retained-ball (whose elements allow for easier handling since the guide block may be removed from rail without ball loss) or low-cost...

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Tie Layer — Improved Catheter Construction

Zeus' new Tie Layer improves liner-to-jacket bond strength for a stronger and more consistently performing catheter. With bond strength increased by more than 2½x, Tie Layer reduces the risk of delamination while setting the stage for improved patient safety.

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